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PostSubject: Changing Tanks   Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:40 am

What I am after is some tips and advice on what to do when changing over Main tanks?

I am going to replace the Jinlong (poop machine) with possibly a Juwel RIO 180. Due to various reasons, one being the high lite units in the newer RIOs.

Anyway I am after some advice, tips, step by step guide of how to go about this safey and stress free for the fish?

Should the fish be in buckets at all times yadda yadda....

Should I use fresh Gravel or use the stuff from Main tank and get more to bulk it up?

All the advice would be fantastic! and heres hug in advance!

Obviosuly I will still be using the Tetratec 700 as it used for up to 300L and I will probablies use either a 200W heater or 2* 150W
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:22 pm

I havent done it but here's what I think I would do.

Get a large container/s, fill with some tank water, and also some of the tank decorations for the fish to hide in etc. Top up with some fresh water. Put in filter/heater and make sure it is all working ok.
Partially empty the tank, remove the fish and put in container, cover over the top to make sure none jump out.

Empty the tank, remove all the gravel, plants, decor and put in another container. Use some of the tank water to keep plants alive, and I would also keep some to put in the new tank.

Do whatever moving round you need to do to get new tank in position etc and do all the usual checks - make sure its level, not leaking blah de blah (you know all that bit!).

When the new tank is in position, put in new old gravel, and top up with new well washed as needed. Replace all decor plants etc and
position heater and filters where you need them.

Partially fill tank with old tank water and top up with fresh dechlorinated water. Get heater and filter running.

Introduce fish to their new home. Leave the lights off for a bit to let them settle.

Think that's how I would do it, hope it helps a bit. Good Luck! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:26 pm

Dont envy you doing that GD. When are you getting your new tank?
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:57 pm

Thanks Diana, Well its not deffinate yet.

I just need to arrange some sort of transport as its a bit too big to fit in my car Sad

As for containers best I got is 4*16/10L buckets. I could do with a water Butt but that takes up too much space.

I could go purchase a few more buckets so I can keep say 70% of tank water.
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:06 pm

GD we got our juwel 180 in the astra quite easily. We're just heading off out the door but all of the above sounds good to me. See you sunday Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:08 pm

If I drop the backseats they dont lie flat though

Thats my issue. I cant have it at an angle that could cause it to crack. to bottom seat cussion doesnt lift meaning the rer folding seats rest on top making them more a 10-15 degree angle Sad crap thing! I may just go nab my van from work it aint plastered in police either.
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:25 am

When I was bringing my tank (200litre) back home, I put the tank on the back seat and the cabinet in the boot, that might work for you Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:00 am

cabinet is the same width 100cm. Maybe if I turn it on its side...hmmmmm who knows ill have to check it and explain to the woman i live with what my plan is so she aint suprised when she comes in to see another tank ROFL


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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:44 am

That might be an idea GD! :lol:

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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:40 am

I think she's secretly getting into the fish! Maybe she'll let you set it up in her room hahaha
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:07 am

Cant turn tank tank or cabinet onto its side due to it being a hatchback...I have been in the car measuring up how it would fit with a tape measure...It would be ideal if I could emove the back seats....

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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:58 am

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If I drop the backseats they dont lie flat though

Thats my issue. I cant have it at an angle that could cause it to crack. to bottom seat cussion doesnt lift meaning the rer folding seats rest on top making them more a 10-15 degree angle Sad crap thing! I may just go nab my van from work it aint plastered in police either.

CAnt you level it up using loadfs of duvets, towels, that sort of stuff so it's cushioned? dunno
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:57 pm

thats what my next plant was..

however I dont have that meany towel/duvets lol

Im a single bloke...but I may find something to pad it out..
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:10 pm

is it worth spendind $30 and asking the lfs to deliver the tank?
the lfs i just bought my tank from delivered the cabnet for free (on his way home from work/ and usualy chrages $30) so i could stain the cabnet, then a week later delivered the tank..

i found i hard to get tank or cabnet in my sedan. so this was the best option
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:30 pm

its not from a LFS greeny, its from a seller on ebay.

Ill see what I can do lol..
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:15 pm

your police van i reckon crazy

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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:55 am

Well due to my recent leaking tank, I had to move the coldwater fish (2 goldfish, 10 WCMM) and all the decor, substrate etc. to another tank. I took out all the decor & plants putting them in a bucket of siphoned water water. Ditto with the filter to keep the sponges moist.

Once about half the water had been drained out, I netted the fish one at a time and put them in a baby bath (filled with tank water) and placed inside the bathtub. Obviously I had no heater but you could put that in with the fish plus the filter if necessary and just plug them in once they're submerged.

The biggest pain was taking out all the substrate as I had to remove every single grain of gravel... Rolling Eyes...and transferred it to the new tank. Once the gravel, decor and plants were in the new tank, I put the filter back in and then transferred the fish across. The whole process took about two hours in total and not something I'd want to repeat in a hurry! :lol:

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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:22 am

If the ebay seller lives nearby they might deliver GD, it would be worth it for them if they are getting a good price Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:38 am

They are getting a very good price imho. Im paying £100.

However the RIO is coming with the High Lite unit fitted which is better than tha standard lighting unit.

however what I am going to do for now is store it until I move and do the change over then if you get me.

I am going to be arranging to hire a van for the day. Pain in the ass I know but needs must lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:06 am

SOME PEOPLE ARE THICK!!!

I asked the seller of this tank, is it the high lite unit of 100cm tubes with the 45W tubes.

She replied yes it is the high light unit (even editted the ebay post saying so)

Then tonight I thought id confirm this before commiting to buy...and she says oh no sorry just measured its 93cm and 30W tubes!! Well fook that I aint buying now!

some people!! - least I aint gotta worry about transport!!!


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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:20 pm

Oh thats a shame GD, back to trawling the ebay pages then :lol:
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:15 am

Nah carole, Im gonna be moving your way, Im sure your from the Cleveland area...im coming home, well kinda....

SO whats the water conditions like in boro?

Ill trawl for a tank when im up there.
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PostSubject: Re: Changing Tanks   Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:32 pm

Did you manage to get a second tank GD? Im thinking of getting a second one. What are you looking for?
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